NetGalley Reads: Fall in One Day

NetGalley Reads: Fall in One Day

 

Hello and happy Friday. If you read last week’s post, then you know that I have a pretty long TBR list to tackle, which means that there are many ARCs I have to read. Now, usually I can read a book in a week or less, but there are some that are such a pain that it takes me way more than that. An example of this is Fall in One Day by Craig Terlson. A digital copy was provided to me for reading and reviewing purposes, so I’d like to thank both NetGalley and the author for it.

I read this novel between May 12th and June 11th, 2019 and gave it two stars. There are several reasons that explain both the rating and the time it took me to read it. On one hand, I had a hard time figuring out the generalities of the story. I didn’t understand whether it would be all told in the past or if we were getting flashbacks and flash-forwards. The perspective thing was also tough; I didn’t know who the narrator was and what their role in the story was until I was already advanced in my reading.

Basically, this is the story of a teenager who gets kidnapped by his father, who hallucinates, whether it is because of drugs or schizophrenia, it is unclear. We get the perspective of his best friend, a teenager who is set to understand the mystery of the disappearance and find the missing kid. It was not an easy read, and it wasn’t a fast read either. I know these stories must have an appreciative audience, but I wasn’t it.

One of the reasons why I was so confused at the beginning of the story was the title. It might be that English is not my first language, but when I read “Fall in One Day,” I thought we were getting insta-love. There is nothing romance-related in this novel, so keep that in mind if you plan to read this book. Since the narrator, who is also the main character, is a teenager, he talks like one, but I don’t know if the grammar mistakes he makes are intentional or if the author really writes that way. All I know is that it was annoying. There are scenes about suicide attempts and suicide, so be mindful of that. There is also domestic violence, so if you are sensitive to those, I would not recommend this book.

Do you know of any mystery/ detective young adult novels that I might enjoy? Tell me about them in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

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NetGalley Reads: Sweet Liar

NetGalley Reads: Sweet Liar

Hello and happy Friday. Yes, we have an ARC review today because I am trying my best to be a good blogger. I will be sharing my thoughts with Sweet Liar, the second book in the Candy series by Debra Doxer. This book was provided to me for free for reading and reviewing purposes, so I’d like to thank both the author and NetGalley.

I read this book between May 17th and May 27th, 2019 and gave it two stars. I read the first one forever ago and didn’t remember much of it, so I was grateful for a prologue that could give me some context as to what the series was about. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much, to begin with, because I thought this was the second book in a trilogy and I just thought it was the sandwich book. It wasn’t because this is a duology, so my already low expectations weren’t met.

This book gave me major Scandal vibes like it was literally the same story. Maybe if you’re super into that you’ll like the series, but to me, it was a straight-up copy. We have a secret agency and a very weird romance. Basically, the main character’s dad works for this secret agency (kinda like B613) but he’s a traitor for reasons we’ll find out about in the book. Also, the main character’s love interest works in the agency as well as his father, and, you guessed it, they are after the main character’s dad.

On top of that plot, the writing style wasn’t for me. I did not connect with any character or with the story. I just kept reading because I wanted to get it over with. If this review doesn’t deter you from wanting to read the series, keep in mind that the second book deals with psychological as well as physical abuse.

If you have any suggestions for good thrillers or adventure books you think I’d like, let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Just A Heads-Up

Just A Heads-Up

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Hello and happy Wednesday. Finally a book review. Yay! I told you I was going to get to it and I am recovering my reading pace. I think actually finishing Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn will help me get into easier, fluffier books because all my energies won’t be consumed in a single novel.

Yes, this is what my review is going to be about today, and before we start, I want to tell you that I wasn’t in the best place emotionally when I began reading this. I was suffering from depression and my anxiety was worst than it had been I think in forever, and reading this book didn’t help. Many of my thoughts, the ones that will make up this review, come from that emotional and mental state in which I was, so first and foremost I’d like to warn you that if you feel right now you’re in a vulnerable place in terms of your mental health, don’t pick up this book. I also want to say that my reviews have never been objective, but that especially in this case you try to understand how unfit this novel was for me at the time when I read it, and decide for yourself whether what I say here will influence your thoughts some how. Let’s get started, shall we?

Even from the first page, I could sense how raw this book was. I’m also not used to psychological thrillers or anything of the sort, so it took me a while to adjust to the style because it is very vivid and descriptive. I had recently read a review in which the person said they didn’t like reading about crappy marriages, and when reading Gone Girl, I couldn’t have agreed more. It actually had a vibe similar to This Is Where We Live by Janelle Brown, which has all the crappy marriage stuff without…you know.

I have to say that at first I thought that all of Nick and Amy’s politically incorrect/ unpopular opinions were quirky and sort of funny. Like, yes, we finally get main characters that aren’t about bs. Don’t worry, I quickly changed my mind. I do have to say that after reading this and watching some psychological thrillers, I do understand that the characters are so messed up that you end up empathizing with them at some points, and that makes you kind of messed up as well.

Unfortunately for me, because I joined this reading party a bit too late, I had already been contaminated by the movie. I haven’t watched it, and I never really watched the trailer either, but I think it was briefly on Netflix or something, and I got to see a clip of the trailer, and that spoiled it, basically. I kind of had an idea of what was going to happen, which meant the great plot twist wasn’t really that for me.

I’m noticing that this is not a big rant as I thought it would be, which is surprising. In terms of the author’s style, I have to say I really liked the alternating perspectives. I think in a story like this, it just adds so much to the story and has the readers even more hooked. I also love that there’s not really a true version of the facts, just two versions that both characters have twisted and turned to their convenience. Even when I was done reading this book, I talk to my sister about it. She’d watched the movie, so I wasn’t spoiling anything for her, but it was like even if we knew what went on, there were still things we didn’t know were real or lies. That’s how well-crafted the plot was.

Something that I think you need to keep in mind is that this book is on the longer side. I mean, it is definitely around 500 pages. You know that unfortunately for me that’s a bit discouraging, and it will make me take even longer. I did get slowly into the book and by the end I would just sit down for a couple of hours at a time and try to advance as much as I could. I couldn’t have possibly read it in one sitting, or spent an entire day reading because I felt it was too emotionally draining. My sister told me she actually had to do various sittings in order to watch the entire movie for the same reason.

There is a police novel kind of vibe to this story, which I don’t really mind. I mean, an investigation here and there is interesting for a change. But beyond that, this is a very twisted novel. I even described it in my notes as “horrible.” Like I said before, I had to take long pauses. I mean month-long pauses before I could feel emotionally strong enough to keep reading. If you are a mentally healthy person, I would still recommend pausing because this is a very negative book.

This novel has many trigger warnings including rape, as well as descriptions or assault and domestic violence. If reading this could be harmful to your emotional and mental well-being, don’t read this book. Just don’t. Even if some of the things described end up not being real, even if it’s all made up within the story, the descriptions are very graphic.

Something that bothered me towards the end, when I was really into this novel and eager to finish it, were the time jumps or however you call that in English. Like they skip ten days, then ten weeks, then ten months, and I felt like that made the ending rushed and sort of incomplete. The ending was also super unexpected and abrupt for me. I was expecting to be reading at least a couple more chapters when the end came. Like, seriously?

Have you read Gone Girl or any book similar to it that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

I Love to Suffer

I Love to Suffer

Hello and happy Wednesday. Right after I finished Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, I started reading the sequel, After You. As always, I have a lot to say about this book, and I want to share my thoughts on it with you. Let’s get started, shall we?

It was truly heartbreaking to see how sad Lou was at the beginning of this book, but it also seemed like she’d grown up. I was surprised to see how much she’d changed from the Lou we’d met in Me Before You, and in my mind I had to come to terms with the fact that it was almost as if she was a completely different character and the story I was reading was a completely different one.

Lou has an accident and due to it, she has some mobility issues for a while, and because of this, she can relate to what Will had to experience. I really appreciated that, especially since I really wanted to get some of Will’s perspective in the previous book. I think this was a good approximation of that.

Me Before You was a huge success, not only as a book but especially as a movie. I haven’t watched that one, and I’m not sure After You has already been adapted, but I’d really like to see it.

I think I liked the style of this novel better than Me Before You. I really liked Sam, and I think he’s an amazing human being and exactly the kind of guy I want to marry one day. I got the feeling he was a bit older than Lou, so I guess she’s still into that. She’s also way more in touch with her sexy side, and you know I’m always up for a sexy read. Again, I love the slow development of the story and the fact that nothing is rushed.

Just like in Me Before You, we get the odd chapter from another character’s perspective, which is always cool and in my opinion enriches the story. Like in the previous book, there are also mentions of attempts of sexual assault, which is why I wouldn’t recommend it for some types of readers.

Something I didn’t like in the slightest was the baby drama. You know that’s something I never like. That is something that really doesn’t add to a plot, it just makes it more like a cheap soap opera. I wasn’t on board with that at all.

You know that at the beginning of this post I said that I’d basically jumped into this book right after finishing Me Before You. Now that I’ve been able to digest both books, I have to admit that I wish I’d taken more time before starting After You. And when I say more time I mean full weeks or even months. I think it’s necessary to disassociate the Lou of Me Before You and the one from After You.

All in all, this book left me thinking about this thing the characters from Once Upon a Time used to say: that life is not about happy endings but happy beginnings. In the comments below, tell me about a story that gave you this same feeling.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Pass the Tissues

Pass the Tissues

Hello and happy Wednesday. I thought about this title, and then I was like, “well, technically you didn’t cry THAT MUCH reading this book,” but whatever, let’s just go with it. Today I’ll share an in-depth review of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, and I hope you really appreciate it. Let’s get started, shall we?

When I say “in-depth” I mean that I usually just share my thoughts in a very superficial way, telling you what I liked and didn’t like, and that’s pretty much it. I share the notes I take as I read the book, but in the case of Me Before You I took a shitton of notes, way more than the average.

I was shocked from the start by this book because I started reading it kind of expecting to hate it. It had all the disappointing elements, you know? It had been a bestseller and was turned into a movie with basically the most gorgeous actors available, and that’s the kind of combination I tend to steer clear from, at least until the whole fuss goes away. Basically yes, I was predisposed to not like this book.

I say I was shocked from the start because what we get to read first, the prologue, is the narration of how Will’s “accident” happens. I don’t want to let out too much about it, but I just always thought, based on the movie trailers I’d seen, that we were going to read about a skydiving adventure gone wrong or something of the sort. I like when from the get-go a novel manages to surprise me and prove my preconceptions wrong.

Will is Lou’s patient, and Lou is our main character. To me, she was a very refreshing character for various reasons, the first one being her age. She was 26 years old when the narration of the novel starts, and I love that because as much as I love my YA, it’s nice to read about characters my own age. She also lives with her parents, which is something we usually don’t see in new adult novels because 26 year-olds are supposed to have their shit together and have their own place.

This novel was seriously addictive, and I think it was the author’s style what did it for me. I feel that British authors tend to be way more descriptive than American ones, and that makes stories all the more believable because they’re easier to picture in my mind. Now, obviously the fact that there’s romance involved helped influence my love towards the novel, but here I have to stop and clarify something. This novel is about love, it is about true love and I had never before seen a more clear representation of it. If you’re looking for kisses and touches and sex, then look elsewhere because this is not that kind of book.

I also felt personally connected to the story because through Lou’s narration we get to understand the struggles people on wheelchairs have to endure sometimes. My uncle is in a wheelchair, and I know what it is to become aware of how unprepared the world is for people with certain disabilities, and how urgent some adaptations are.

Now, here are some trigger warnings. You should not read this book if you have serious issues regarding suicide attempts. There is one in the novel, and it is described with some detail. There are also mentions of rape, or at least sexual assault. These scenes are not fully described in the story, but there are mentions of it and one can infer that one of the characters could have been sexually assaulted.

This is not a trigger warning per se, but a personal opinion. I hated the way Lou’s family treated her. I cannot talk about verbal or emotional abuse, but I can tell you that sometimes their comments were straight up mean. This affected Lou and her self-perception to the point where she was convinced she wasn’t a smart person.

As you have been able to read, Me Before You definitely surprised me in several ways. I must admit that it was way deeper than I’d initially anticipated. I was also surprised by the chapters told from other character’s perspectives. We get Will’s mom, Nathan, Will’s dad, and Lou’s sister. I would’ve liked a chapter from Will’s perspective as well, if I’m being completely honest.

Now, this story is truly heartbreaking, but it didn’t straight up made me cry from page one or anything. I feel it mostly reminded me of things from my own life that did made me cry, you know? Also, yes, the last pages made me straight up cry like a sobbing mess, but I knew that was bound to happen.

I searched for the movie, but it isn’t on Netflix, so I guess I’ll have to keep looking. In the comments below, let me know whether you’ve read any books from Jojo Moyes and what you thought of them.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Books That Should Have Trigger Warnings

Books That Should Have Trigger Warnings

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Hello and happy Wednesday. I feel that I’ve read my fair share of problematic books, and that although I’ve talked about them separately, I needed to make a post that at least gathers my most recent problematic reads.

Now, when I’m saying “problematic”, I’m referring to the fact that I think these books need huge trigger warnings, and that if you could be triggered by some of the issues I mentioned, then you should probably not read these books because in my opinion, the issues are not handled in a smart, professional way. Again, this is 100% my opinion, so I can be wrong, or you can feel differently about what I say here, I’d just like to help readers that might be more sensitive towards a certain type of content. Let’s get started, shall we?

Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame  [x]

This book is all sorts of problematic if you ask me, but specifically talking about trigger warnings it has two: child abuse in the form of domestic violence and eating disorders. The former is mentioned but there are no scenes depicting it or describing it in any way, while the latter is clearly portrayed through some stereotypical behaviors by the main character. However, there is no clear mention of the main character being diagnosed with an eating disorder or being treated for one.

The Harder I Fall by Jessica Gibson 

There should be a huge trigger warning on this book related to child abuse in the form of domestic violence. There are scenes that clearly depict domestic violence. Our main character also follows certain behaviors related to eating disorders, although she hasn’t been diagnosed or treated.

Let Love In by Melissa Collins 

Huge trigger warning for suicide in this novel.

In The Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers

I will write a proper review on this book as soon as I’m done writing this post. The trigger warnings for this book are for suicidal thoughts, and an actual suicide, as well as a diagnosed eating disorders. The novel is very graphic when describing the symptoms of the eating disorder, as well as the thoughts the character has, and the suicide scene.

I know there are many more books that should include trigger warnings, so if you know of one, please add to the list by sharing the title in the comment section.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila